The vineyard is located at 400 meters above sea level facing North near the historic village of Hahndorf in the famous Adelaide Hills Wine Region of South Australia. The Region is 30 minutes by car East of Adelaide City has a reputation for producing elegant World Class wines. The cool climate produces high quality Pinot Noir grapes.
The 2010 vintage saw perfect warm days and cool nights with no rain. With the cooler ripening temperatures more colour and concentration of fruit characters developed in the Pinot Noir grapes in the period leading up to harvest.
The grapes are lightly crushed and cold soaked for a few days before fermentation. The wild yeast fermentation is temperature controlled to give a gentle ferment promoting great fruit development. The wine is left on skins for a few days and then drained, pressed and racked into French oak barrels for 10 months of ageing.
The Pinot Noir has aromas of strawberry, raspberry, spicy dark cherries backed with hints of menthol and mushrooms. The palate begins with these fruit aspects and progresses through a balance of acid and soft silky tannins to finish with length and complex mouth feel.
Alcohol 12.5%, G&F 0.2g/L, pH 3.45, TA 6.3g/L
Excellent with Salmon, Duck, Lamb, Indian and Asian style spicy foods and great friends.
Peak Drinking to 2020
Les Sampson – with over 20 years experience in winemaking he strives to liberate “Terroir” or Sense of Place aspects to the wines.